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Every year brings a new crop of holiday stories, but sometimes we can’t help but long for the good old days. If you are one to appreciate tales of Christmases gone by, cozy up to one of these collections.
Read: A Christmas Sampler: Classic Stories of the Season, from Twain to Cheever
Selected from the collections of The New York Public Library, A Christmas Sampler celebrates literary quality in interpretations of the meaning of Christmas. Classic American talents Langston Hughes, Washington Irving, and Edna Ferber are included along with titles such as Damon Runyon’s “The Three Wise Guys” and the iconic “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” by Francis P. Church.
Watch: Bing Crosby, The Christmas Specials
Christmas songs are a favorite style of story, and one of the most famous renditions of “The Little Drummer Boy” was the strange pairing of Bing Crosby and David Bowie during a television event. See for yourself on Bing Crosby, The Christmas Specials, which features nostalgia-rich entertainment that offers a respite from modern tech-obsessed holidays.
Listen: Classic Christmas Stories
Catch the holiday spirit with an audio recording of nine timeless classics that celebrate the season. Classic Christmas Stories from L.M. Montgomery, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Willa Cather, Hans Christian Andersen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Bret Harte and Anthony Trollope are professionally recorded so you can listen while you trim the tree, wrap gifts, or simply curl up by the fire.